this bass don't like Republicans...Phil Lynott v Mitt Romney
this bass don’t like Republicans…Phil Lynott v Mitt Romney
In another case of the devil certainly not having the best tunes and getting their hands slapped for it Phil Lynott’s mother, the legendary Philomena has roundly told the Republicans and Mitt Romney to stop using Thin Lizzy classics in their rabble rousing because her late son would not have approved of the Republican campaign’s anti-gay and pro-rich policies

The objection came after the Mitt Romney campaign used Thin Lizzy’s The Boys Are Back In Town at last week’s Republican National Convention.

She said that the late Thin Lizzy front man would have rejected any association with the Republicans particularly the Christian right wing of the party and he would certainly have been opposed the Republican anti-gay and pro-rich policies, she said. Instead she believed her son would have backed Barack Obama.

She told our friends at the great Hot Press magazine in Dublin “As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney’s opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay ”“ which is not something that Philip would have supported. He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States.

“Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas.

“There is nothing I can do about it except express my views,” Philomena Lynott added, “but I do want to be clear that I would not want Philip’s music to be used in any way that could hurt a single person, and this is the effect of what happened with Paul Ryan using and abusing my son’s music in that way. A lot of fans and musicians are very angry about it and I can fully understand why.

“There is a black president of America, which to me ”“ as it would have been to Philip, as a proud, black Irishman ”“ is wonderfully symbolic.

I have a lot of time for Barack Obama, so to hear ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ being appropriated by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their campaign against him is deeply upsetting.”

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  1. They do say you get your looks from your dad and your values from your mum. Phil Lynott did alright then! What music’s left for Romney and Ryan? Ted Nugent? Skrewdriver? (Probably not DKs then, although ‘Religious Vomit’ would sure to be a crowd pleaser…)

  2. …but I’d say “kill the poor” by the Dead Kennedys would pretty much nail it for both factions in the US voting comedy.

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